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How one ‘Simpsons’ punchline emotionally scarred a whole generation

It’s 2017, and some things just won’t stand anymore. Hollywood’s twisted norms are being ripped apart, from habitually silenced sexual misconduct to blatant whitewashing and irresponsible racial representation. The last of that delightful trifecta is the subject of The Problem With Apu, a new truTV documentary about how The Simpsons‘ breakout caricature became the bane of an entire racial diaspora’s existence. SEE ALSO: 2015 was the tipping point for South Asians on TV The Problem With Apu started out as comedian Hari Kondabolu’s personal vendetta against the fictional title character….

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Michelle Dockery: ‘I consider myself a widow’

After five years in Downton Abbey, Michelle Dockery is back playing a gun-toting rancher and a ruthless TV exec. She talks typecasting, the Weinstein effect and the sudden death of her fiance If Michelle Dockerys latest role had been written in the last 12 months, the part might look like a lazily drawn cliche. She is about to appear at the Faye Dunaway in Bryan Cranston, playing an ageing presenter with plummeting ratings, about to be fired by his failing TV station. With nothing to lose, the anchor goes rogue…

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Twitter bans Russia Today and Sputnik from advertising on its service

Twitter has banned Russian media companies Russia Today (RT) and Sputnik from advertising on its service after it found that both had “attempted to interfere with the [2016 U.S.] election on behalf of the Russian government” using the social network. “This decision was based on the retrospective work we’ve been doing around the 2016 U.S. election and the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that both RT and Sputnik attempted to interfere with the election on behalf of the Russian government,” the company said. Twitter confirmed that the two media firms are the…

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Jimmy Kimmel isn’t done being a thorn in the side of Obamacare repeal bill

When you’re only trying to save health care for 30 million people, you’ve got to be a little persistent. The man you’d least expect to be on the front foot for saving health care in America, Jimmy Kimmel, is far from resting in his battle to ensure the Graham-Cassidy bill doesn’t cut funding to the most vulnerable.  SEE ALSO: Jimmy Kimmel’s baby may save healthcare for 30 million people Entering into round three of the debate on Thursday night, Kimmel took aim at President Donald Trump, who recently got involved…

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No gender pay gap for ‘Game of Thrones’: Kit Harington and Lena Headey make the same

Lena Headey and Kit Harington, smiling all the way to equal paydays at the Iron Bank.Image: Vera Anderson/WireImage The Iron Bank is equally generous to kings and queens. Game of Thrones principal cast members Kit Harington (Jon Snow) and Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) are making exactly the same per-episode salaries and bonuses, and have been since at least the beginning of this season, according to leaked documents sent to Mashable that purport to be the actors’ contracts covering Seasons 7 and 8. SEE ALSO: The ‘Game of Thrones’ world must…

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On my radar: Jazzy Jeffs cultural highlights

The DJ and producer on Jay-Zs new album, the Philadelphia 76ers and the great taste of blue crab Born in West Philadelphia, DJ Jazzy Parents Just Dont Understand (1988). The groups second Grammy was earned for Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon Shep Gordon: Hes kind of like a modern-day Forrest Gump. Photograph: Dogwoof This is about Shep Gordons life as a talent manager, the things he accomplished and the people he managed, from Michael Douglas to Sylvester Stallone. Its one of the most special documentaries Ive ever seen definitely…

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Why we fell for clean eating

The long read: The oh-so-Instagrammable food movement has been thoroughly debunked but it shows no signs of going away. The real question is why we were so desperate to believe it In the spring of 2014, Jordan Younger noticed that her hair was falling out in clumps. Not cool was her reaction. At the time, Younger, 23, believed herself to be eating the healthiest of all possible diets. She was a gluten-free, sugar-free, oil-free, grain-free, legume-free, plant-based raw vegan. As The Blonde Vegan, Younger was a wellness blogger in New…

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7 Times The Person Who Writes The Netflix Episode Descriptions Ended The Episode Description With A Little Update About Their Life

Whoevers writing these episode descriptions has no qualms using Netflix as her personal journal. 1. That time the persons sister had a baby 2. That time the person got scratched by her roommates cat 3. That time the person was betrayed by her sister 4. That time the person realized she hadnt been betrayed by her sister 5. That time the person got her roommates cat sick 6. That time the persons roommates cat died 7. That time the person missed her nieces christening Read more: http://www.clickhole.com/article/7-times-person-who-writes-netflix-episode-descript-6310

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What we know about CBSs upcoming streaming service for sports

Cord cutters have another reason to get excited, as CBS this week announced its planning to launch a live streaming service for sports. The news was discussed on the companys Q2 earnings call, and though details are light theres no name, pricing or exact launch date at this time, for example the service could potentially go a long way to fill a gap thats not currently well-covered by live TV streaming services and on-demand subscription video. According to the company, the idea to do a live streaming channel for sports…

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Secrets of Silicon Valley review are we sleepwalking towards a technological apocalypse?

Are the idealists good guys who are challenging the old order or are they really tax-minimising corporations that threaten our future? Antonio Garca Martnez has seen the future and it is terrifying. Which is why he is going to set up home (this is the drone room right here) on a small island north of Seattle and live out the ravages of post-America, self-sufficiently, with acomposting toilet and an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle. He is nervy and fast-talking, like asurvivor who has seen unimaginably horrific things. And he has he was…

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Issa Rae: ‘So much of the media presents blackness as fierce and flawless. Im not’

The creator of Insecure talks the dating totem pole, films obsession with slavery and the gender-race pay gap as season two begins I dont want the stench of the current administration on this show, says Issa Rae. I dont want people to look back and be like: Oh, this was a Trump show. I want them to look back and say Insecure was an Sex and The City, which Rae co-created, writes and stars in, first aired on HBO last autumn, exactly a month before the US election. Culturally, Obama…

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Friend of Diana urges Channel 4 to scrap ‘intrusive’ documentary

Rosa Monckton will tell the broadcaster that use of the Diana tapes, revealing conversations recorded by the Princess of Waless speech coach, is outrageous One of Princess Dianas closest friends is writing to Channel 4 bosses asking them to scrap a forthcoming documentary using private video footage which includes Diana talking about about her sex life with Prince Charles. Rosa Monckton, a confidante of Dianas until she was killed in a Paris car crash 20 years ago next month, will argue that the confessional videos that Diana made as part…

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Top of the Lake: China Girl review Elisabeth Moss is totally mesmerising, again

Season two sees Jane Campion wring cinematic beauty from a seedy Sydney cityscape, with Nicole Kidman joining Mosss Detective Robin Griffin An Asian couple finish their noodles, then take a big wheelie suitcase to the top of a cliff at night. The size of the case, its obvious weight, and the cemetery (Jane Campions Top of the Lake: China Girl (BBC2). The vast, lonely beauty of the South Island scenery played such a major part in the first series. But Campion wrings a different kind of beauty, still cinematic though,…

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Netflix was the top grossing app in Q2, with mobile revenue up 233% since last year

Netflixs booming subscriber growth, announced in the companys earnings last week, is also being felt on the App Store, where its app has again become the top earner in terms of revenue. According a recent report from app store analytics firm Sensor Tower, the app in Q2 saw 233 percent revenue growth year-over-year to $153 million in the most recent quarter. Thats up from the $46 million seen at this same time last year, across both top app store platforms, and on the iOS App Store alone. This level of…

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Hulus Live TV service arrives on Amazon Fire TV

Hulus Live TV service, the expanded version of Hulu launched in May which provides access to live television in addition to Hulus existing on-demand library, is now available on Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. This is the first major platform expansion since the services debut, as it was initially available on iOS, Android, Chromecast, Apple TV and Xbox One. Amazon Fire TV is one of the few remaining platforms were Hulus app still needs to be rolled out in order be considered a true cross-platform service. Its also…

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